My Mom's New Boyfriend
Facts and Figures
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My Mom's New Boyfriend Review
Turns out My Mom's New Boyfriend has some differences with Mama's Boy, though it sticks closely to the overall shoddy quality level. This time out it's not a straight-up case of a son feeling betrayed. Writer/director George Gallo (DysFunktional Family) throws in a crime caper too. Henry (Colin Hanks) hasn't seen Mom (Meg Ryan) in three years due to his undercover duties as an FBI agent. When he returns home with a fiancee (Selma Blair), he finds that Mom hasn't just lost hundreds of pounds, she's also turned into a raving sexual lunatic, too. No sooner has Henry made his old bed than Mom gets mixed up with Tommy (Antonio Banderas), a known art thief... who Henry's been assigned to spy on!
The film soon turns into an hour of gags about Henry feeling disgusted about having to spy on his own mother, particularly her romantic dalliances. Hanks should have asked to be paid by the groan and grimace. His distaste for the job he's been handed is made fully clear.
But aside from watching Hanks, often a fun performer who can liven up weak material, roll his eyes and fake nausea for 90 minutes, you'll likely spend your time aghast over Meg Ryan's cosmetic surgery. Why did Ryan vanish from Hollywood for four years? One look at the post-fat Mom in this film and you'll understand why. Her eyebrows have been pulled so high it looks like they're making a run for her ears. (Things look much better in stills shot for The Women, arriving later this year.)
The story's pretty much a throwaway. We know things will work out for everyone in the end. It will certainly all be revealed as a Big Misunderstanding. Ow, my knee.